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Orano is an international industrial Group governed by values and principles, the foundations of which are safety & security, respect for the environment and transparency, collective intelligence, local economic development and integration into the territories.
Kiggavik landscape, Nunavut, Canada. © Jerry Humeny / Black Box Images - Orano

Orano's commitments for the protection of our climate and environment

Orano takes action to reduce the environmental footprint of its activities, notably in relation to energy and the reduction of its CO2 emissions.

Reducing CO2 emissions thanks to nuclear energy

The fight against climate change is a priority for Orano, whose activities contribute to producing low-carbon electricity. In fact, nuclear energy, which emits very little CO2, is included in the IPCC's scenarios for limiting global temperature rise.

Orano aims to set an example in its activities: for over 15 years, we have been implementing an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction program at our industrial facilities, with the following results:

  • The targets set for 2020 have been achieved two years in advance.
  • The Group has managed to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 64%.

At the Malvési site, we have reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 80% thanks to the commissioning of new, next-generation plants.

At the la Hague site, CO2 emissions are down by 42%, as we have prioritized electricity over fuel oil for heat production.

At the Tricastin site, we have achieved an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by modifying the fluorine production facilities and commissioning the new Philippe Coste conversion plant in 2018.

Environmental monitoring at Orano sites

Monitoring the impact of activities on the natural environment

Every day, around our sites, dozens of analyses and samples are taken from the environment to verify that our activities have no impact on health. This monitoring of water, groundwater, air, soil, flora and agricultural production is carried out at all the Group's sites in France and abroad.
The analyses carried out in 2019 around our nuclear installations show that radioactivity from operations is 100 times lower than natural radioactivity in France.

Since 2010, these measurements have also been available through a centralized national network managed by the French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and the French Institute for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) (www.mesure-radioactivité.fr).

  • Atmospheric monitoring is carried out at regulatory stations located in the municipalities surrounding the sites, and from weather stations connected to the Météo France network. It incorporates the action of dominant winds.
  • Radioactivity monitoring in the terrestrial environment is carried out by analyzing plant samples and agricultural production.
  • Groundwater monitoring is carried out using piezometers, which make it possible to take samples and measure water quality.
  • Monitoring of the aquatic environment and river system (sea and river; rainwater, irrigation and pumping water). It consists of inspections of the seawater, aquatic fauna and flora, and sediments such as sand. It also takes into account the action of currents.
  • Detailed monitoring plans

    The sampling points, control frequencies and analysis methods are established with the approval of the Regional Directorate for Industry and Research and the Environment (DRIRE).

    The French Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN), an independent administrative authority acting on behalf of the State, also ensures that environmental aspects are taken into account, in addition to radiation protection for workers, technical compliance of installations, activities and compliance with regulations.

    In 2019LA HAGUE
    Number of samples20,000
    Number of analyses50,00023,00020,00030,000

    Controlling radioactive releases

    Effectively controlling liquid and gaseous, radioactive and conventional effluents is part of our commitment to environmental protection.

    Gas effluents

    Before being released into the atmosphere, radioactive gaseous effluents undergo numerous controls thanks to filters and alarms. Each measurement shows that their level is below the public exposure limits.

    Liquid effluents

    The radioactive liquid effluents produced are monitored and treated as a matter of standard practice.

    Coming from wastewater and black water (sanitary) networks, they are treated and controlled by wastewater treatment plants. As for gas effluents, their level is below the public exposure limits.

    Controlling the impact of mining activities

    At all its mining sites, Orano Group is recognized as a player that respects the environment. The Group applies the principles of responsible mining defined in its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy, in line with those of the ICMM (International Council on Mining & Metals).

    • CSR Mines - Environment and biodiversity

    Reduce our ecological footprint

    The Orano group has set the following objective for itself: monitor and assess quality of air, water, soils and the food chain, and optimize consumption of resources (water, energy, etc.), raw materials (reagents, etc.), and waste. 

    The Group's overall environmental approach includes targeted actions to reduce abstractions from the natural environment and the consumption of materials and energy, and in a constant search for possibilities to recycle waste.

    Over a period of 15 years, Orano has reduced its overall energy and water consumption by 91% and 93% respectively.

    Orano: certified ISO 14001

    The ISO 14001 standard defines the requirements applicable to an EMS (Environmental Management System) with a view toward certification. It is based on the principle of continuing improvement in environmental performance by controlling the impacts resulting from the company's operations.

    Orano Group is audited by AFAQ-AFNOR every year. The Assurance Française pour la Qualité is an external corporation that certifies the environmental compliance. The certificates are available on our publications page.


    Orano's commitments in the regions

    In every country where it operates and develops its activities, Orano fosters local economic development, all the while promoting a policy of dialogue and openness.

    Exchange and dialogue with all audiences

    To foster relations with each of its audiences and institutions, Orano is part of a multi-faceted information system:

    • In accordance with the provisions of Article L. 125-15 of the French Environmental Code, each Orano Group industrial site publishes an annual report  informing the public about its activities in terms of safety, security and radiation protection, as well as the results of its environmental measurement campaigns and waste management. The Group also publishes a report for the HCTISN, the Higher Committee for Transparency and Information on Nuclear Safety, as well as a National plan for the management of radioactive materials and waste (PNGMDR) under the aegis of the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and the ASN. All these reports are available on multiple distribution channels and can be downloaded from our website under " Reference publications".
    • Within the framework of the Local Information Commissions (CLI, created in 1981), the Group participates in information meetings on its activities, notably with elected representatives, associations, members of the safety authorities and attended by media representatives. The Mining businesses and ICPE classified activities (the Malvési site in particular) participate under the authority of the prefects in meetings of the Monitoring and Surveillance Committees (MSC).
    • Each year, facility tours are held to give visitors the chance to learn about our factories, their operations and our activities.
    • Local events such as public sessions, meetings with neighboring residents and with the press are also organised. 

    Listening to our stakeholders  

    The CSR Engagement Department leads Orano's overall commitment initiative, particularly with respect to external stakeholders. Reporting to the Senior Executive Vice President, Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE), a member of the Executive Committee, it works with all departments to implement and adapt the social and environmental commitments that the Group has adopted, in accordance with its Code of Ethics

    In 2020, Orano conducted interviews with its external stakeholders to share their vision of social and environmental issues. This process, known as the "materiality analysis", was conducted with 130 stakeholders and mobilized almost 160 managers in order to discuss shared priorities and feed into the thinking on the Group's future commitments. A consultative process that is highly appreciated by our ecosystem. 

    • Consult the detail of the analysis (PDF)

    Communicating on our performance 

    To communicate about its extra-financial performance, the Group publishes a report on its social and environmental commitments and its 2019 results.  
    You can also refer to the Orano Mining 2019 CSR report as well as all our other publications

    Buying and subcontracting in a responsible way 

    The Group purchasing and supply chain activities integrate nuclear safety, environmental, occupational health and security, quality and compliance criteria, in addition to the capacity to provide products and services that meet requirements and are competitive. Orano wants its suppliers to commit to a sustainable development approach. For a number of years, Orano contracts and General Terms & Conditions of Purchase include provisions on compliance by suppliers. 

    Contributing to and participating in local development

    Nuclear power is the third largest industrial sector in France. It relies on 2,600 companies in the territories and generates more than 220,000 non-offshorable jobs. Each year, it hires up to 7,000 people.

    For 2019, Orano has kicked off a large-scale recruitment campaign and has 1000 jobs on offer, in permanent or fixed-term position.

    Orano actively participates in training young people. Every year, the Group recruits work-study trainees in different nuclear professions. By the end of 2019, 730 long-term work-study trainees had been prepared for multiple positions, whether as engineers, managers or technicians.

    Economic development

    Orano's committment to its employees

    Employees are Orano Group's most valuable asset, hence its policy of respecting and practising diversity at all stages, from recruitment to career development

    Safety and security, foundational pillars for Orano

    The protection of our teams, of outside companies and the environment is paramount for Orano. Collectively and individually, we maintain a high level of vigilance and commitment in terms of nuclear safety, security, occupational health and radiation protection. 

    Three complementary and key policies set out Group priorities for the period 2017–2020:

    • the Safety-Environment Policy (2017-2020) sets twelve priorities for action in facility safety, operational safety and management performance, 
    • the Health-Safety- Radioprotection Policy (2017-2020) is structured along three lines: developing primary prevention, controlling operations and securing feedback, 
    • the Quality Policy, essential to controlling nuclear safety, and designed to drive continuous improvement on a daily basis and improve customer satisfaction and confidence. 

    As regards safety at work, the lost time accident frequency was, as of January 31, 2021, at 1.4 : significantly lower than the rate in French industry.

    The safety of our facilities and the security of our employees are an absolute priority, which requires us to be unwavering in our requirements. Prevention is placed at the heart of our operations through a variety of mechanisms and training sessions: regular safety and emergency drills, ongoing workplace inspections, continuous medical surveillance, the prevention and diagnosis of pathological risks, and daily checks on the doses received by employees.

    Fostering quality of living in the workplace

    Collective intelligence is one of Orano's pillars. It has been made central to our organization, as a means of establishing relationships of the highest standard, while ensuring a caring environment for our employees. It allows everyone to progress in their position and build a consistent and enriching professional pathway in a wide range of professions: production, engineering, service and support, whether in management or expert functions. It promotes training and the development of new skills as part of an excellence-based approach.

    From the right to log off to teleworking, flexible working hours, services and employee benefits, every aspect has been addressed to promote the best work-life balance, so that everyone can give the best of themselves in an environment that enables them to thrive.

    • 85% of teleworking requests have been accepted since 2019. The number of regular teleworkers exceeds 900 people, knowing that the year 2020 saw a much higher number of teleworkers due to confinement and health measures.
    • A specific annual budget of 0.05% of the payroll (€260,000) is allocated to equal pay.
    • 5.3% of the payroll is dedicated to continuing training each year, in comparison to a national average of 4%.
    • 37 hours of training on average, per worker per year.
    • Group score on the gender equality in the workplace index: 89/100.

    Our three agreements setting out our commitments have recently been unanimously renewed with trade union organizations:

    • Inclusion of people with disabilities
    • Quality of life at work
    • Gender equality in the workplace

    The Group's head office has also been transformed and is currently functioning as a flex-office with the development of collaborative spaces. In this context, remote work should continue to expand. 

    Wealth in diversity

    Orano promotes an open approach to recruitment across all profiles, and pluralism in career management

    • The agreement on the employment of people with disabilities covering the period 2018-2020 has been renewed for the period 2021-2023. The rate of people with disabilities exceeds 5%.
    • The agreement on gender diversity promotes recruitment, equal access to professional careers and career development.
    • In the Group, diversity is defined as much in trans-generational as in cultural, social and ethnic terms. Orano promotes diversity for all through its hiring policy, training and fight against discrimination. Since 2010, the Diversity Label has also recognized the Group's initiatives on the Corporate Social Responsibility front ; it was renewed at the new Orano perimeter last September
    Orano Group is convinced that diversity and its inclusive policy are performance factors, a source of innovation, that diversity enriches exchanges, confronts skills and nourishes reflections.
    As of December 31, 2020, in France, women represented 24% of recruitments, including 32.5% among engineers. They are 27% in the CoDir.

    The Diversity label, recognition of the inclusive HR approach and processes and promoting the diversity of profiles

    A renewal audit of the Diversity Label, the second since the initial allocation in 2010, took place in October 2019. No deviation was noted and the diversity label committee renewed it to us last September for the new scope from Orano.


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    Workplace innovation and transformation 

    The exploration of new business models necessarily transforms the way people work and manage their teams. They call for a more open approach to innovative ecosystems, more freedom of action, collective intelligence, trust, and a mindset that always puts the customer and the user at the center of our thinking. 

    Belief in the power of innovation is what being at Orano is all about. Innovation to serve the performance of the Group' activities, naturally, but also to support the energy transition and industrial transformation. 

     This translates into the creation of services that are innovative, circular and sustainable, and products that respond to urgent societal challenges (in medicine and space, recycling of strategic materials, and tomorrow’s nuclear industry). Innovation is one of the Group’s growth accelerators: it is a new way of creating, delivering and adding value, aligned with the Group’s social and environmental commitments. 


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